first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday led an array of senior government officials, the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christian Ann Elder and others in signing the book of condolence for the late Internal Affairs Minister Ambulai Johnson at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, according to an Executive Mansion release.Mr. Johnson died in the U.S. State of North Carolina last month. A memorial service celebrating his life was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, September 30. It brought together family, friends and sympathizers of the deceased. Mr. Johnson served as Deputy Minister of Labor in 1980 and former lecturer at Cuttington College, now Cuttington University, in 1970. He also lectured at the University of Liberia (UL) in 1980. Mr. Johnson served as Minister of Internal Affairs from 2006-2009. Funeral services for Mr. Johnson will take place today at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has given the Presidential Medal of Freedom to baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera.Trump, a Yankees fan, praised Rivera on Monday as “maybe the greatest pitcher of all time.”Rivera is a relief pitcher who spent his entire 19-year-career with the New York Yankees. He holds the all-time record for saves and was the first player elected to the baseball Hall of Fame unanimously when he was enshrined this summer.Trump recalled Rivera’s “dominance” en route to a career that included 13 All-Star selections and five World Series titles. The president also praised the Panama native who became a U.S. citizen on his charity work.The White House ceremony made references to Rivera’s playing career, including playing Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” Rivera’s theme song.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNone of this would be possible without elite defensive linemen like OSU has (still can’t believe that’s a sentence I’m typing). But I think Gundy is probably right here. It seemed like a calculated risk not too outrageous for the moment. Although I’m not sure they were “pretty dang good” at it.“We have sprinkled that scheme in, we just don’t do it on normal down defense,” added Glenn Spencer. “We have to play some three down and enter the fourth guy. You either bring four or you drop eight. It got us a few series I think and then it was players making great players. The kids practiced well. It wasn’t totally new, it was just a lot more of that.”Mahomes got his — he always does, and this OSU defense is not elite by any stretch of the imagination. But it did get stops early and the now-flowing Oklahoma State offense (3.75 points per drive) took advantage. Spencer said it earlier in the year. It’s not one or the other. It’s how the defense sets up the offense. Or vice versa.His crew let OSU race to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter. It proved to be enough in the end.Barely.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Facing the No. 1 passing QB in the nation is a tall task for any defense, much less one with a penchant for giving up big plays like Oklahoma State. Glenn Spencer had a plan, though. He rotated deep into his depth chart early and employed a little-used 3-3-5 defensive scheme. It’s the same formation West Virginia runs weekly. Guess who limited Texas Tech to 17 points in Lubbock? Yeah, West Virginia.So OSU rolled with three down linemen for most of the game (see below) and dared Texas Tech to run (which it did 44 times for just 3.6 yards per carry). This worked splendidly early on — Tech ran nine plays on its first three drives and punted three times. It was startling to watch. But Tech started doing what Tech does and solved the scheme late. It closed by scoring on seven of its final 10 drives (including six TDs).screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-7-25-04-amStill, OSU held the Red Raiders to just 5.4 yards per play which is what the best defenses have done against them this season. The problem is that the Cowboys didn’t convert any of the next six Tech TDs into field goals. That would have made the 3.38 points per drive OSU allowed to Tech on Sunday look a lot better.Still, Tech had to work for it. Its shortest scoring drive was six plays. Most were tough, elongated drives that ended in scores. That matters because turnovers become more feasible and you get worn down mentally on offense if your roster isn’t deep enough.screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-7-30-51-am“The risk of making a wholesale swap is whether you can make your adjustments,” Gundy said after the game of the 3-3-5 defense. “When it was taking place, I was a little uncertain. But I’m not a defensive guy, I don’t micromanage and I let people do their jobs. They felt like that was what is best, so I said ‘If that’s what you guys want and you’re comfortable with that, we’ll do it.’ I thought they were pretty dang good at it.“There were times that we needed to make adjustments that were more difficult to make based on not knowing the in’s and out’s of the system, but I thought it was a good move…To me, it worked and I thought it was a good move. It was risky, but when you play a quarterback that is as good as (Mahomes) is, you’re going to have to take some risks. It worked out well for us.”One of the three drives Tech didn’t score after it stalled on its first three of the game was on was the fumble OSU nabbed in the fourth quarter.last_img read more